I spent a pleasant and relaxing hour at Belfast's Botanic Gardens this afternoon.
The Ulster Museum is a "must see" for visitors to Northern Ireland, particularly Belfast.
The Gardens themselves, with the magnificent Palm House, are well worth a visit.
The Tropical Ravine is temporarily closed for major restoration work.
The Palm House, however, is open and Big Urn (top) welcomes visitors!
In the Museum, it's a joy to wander through the various galleries.
|Theodosia, Countess of Clanwilliam (1743-1817)|
There's an exquisite Gainsborough of Theodosia Magill, 1st Countess of Clanwilliam.
It was delightful to see so many portraits of figures that I've written articles about, or their families.
|1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806)|
George, 1st Earl Macartney, is on display; as is James Stewart, of Killymoon Castle, County Tyrone.
|John, 1st Viscount O'Neill (1740-98)|
John, 1st Viscount O'Neill (1740-98), wore a fine tricorn hat for his sitting.
My favourite portrait by Sir John Lavery is, I think, called The Bridge at Grez.
It might have belonged to Clotworthy Skeffington, 4th or 5th Viscount Massereene.